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Genese Parker, MSW, LSW
Genese Parker is a social justice advocate, community organizer, and diversity & racial reconciliation consultant. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master of Social Work Degree with a concentration in leadership from Indiana University.
Genese worked as a Campus Minister and the Social Justice & Racial Reconciliation Specialist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on the campus of Indiana University. She has also served children with special needs and mentored at-rist youth as they pursued college readiness. Genese is currently serving on the Board of Directors at LifeJourney Church in Indianapolis.
Genese believes that her life’s purpose is to pursue justice and to advocate for those whose voices are too often silenced in the world. She hopes to leave the world just a little bit better than it was when she found it.
Richard Brandon-Friedman, MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a doctoral student in social work at the Indiana University School of Social Work. He is pursuing a double minor in Human Sexuality (through the Kinsey Institute at IU Bloomington) and in Sociology and has presented at local, state, regional and international conferences on issues related to incorporating sexuality into social work education and practice. He is also a member of the NASW-IN Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Committee..
At this time Richard is working as a research fellow in the Adolescent Health Section of the Department of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and as an adjunct instructor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Prior to entering the doctoral program he worked as a therapist for a foster care agency for several years and a case manager for several community mental health agencies and received advanced training in trauma-informed care and attachment-building interventions.
Danny Shrum is currently employed as an analyst and is attending school. Through his work throughout the United States, Danny has come to the conclusion that an open mind and a loving heart are the two most important things in this world. He enjoys physical fitness, historical novels, and high fantasy. Danny’s aspiration is to promote lives that are balanced in physical, mental, and emotional well-being and to offer the gift of kindness that can be passed along to others. He is enthusiastic about his work with GenderNexus where he can encourage others to be their true selves.
Kelli Curran Norwalk
Kelli is an active community volunteer and civil rights and arts advocate. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards. In 2005 she co-founded Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, a charitable women’s giving circle that has given over $1.6 million dollars to deserving nonprofits in central Indiana.
A graduate of Butler University, Kelli started her career as a social worker. From 1982 to 2008, she owned various retail stores in Indianapolis specializing in women’s clothing, gifts and home decor. After leaving the retail industry, Kelli worked for United Way of Central Indiana as the Manager of the Tocqueville Society.
Rachel Snedecor is an Adolescent Medicine fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine. Previously, she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology at Indiana University Northwest and her M.D. through Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing her residency at the University of Louisville, she became a board certified pediatrician. Currently, Rachel spends the majority of her time caring for patients ranging in age from 11 to 24. She enjoys the triumphs and special challenges that come with caring for teens and college-age youth. At the GenderHealth clinic in Riley Hospital for Children, she serves as a provider for gender diverse children and adolescents.
Nationally, Rachel serves on the LGBT Clinical Services committee for the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. In the future, she wishes to strive to improve healthcare equality and to make providers’ offices more accepting, knowledgeable, and welcoming to all.
Paul Wright, MA
Paul is a social justice advocate who balances his energy between human causes and the ever-changing field of technology. Beginning his career in the mental health field, Paul was an inpatient Addictions Counselor on the Adolescent Unit at Fairbanks Hospital. He was later promoted to Clinical Supervisor of Brensholm, a transitional living center for adolescent males who had completed primary treatment but needed a supportive environment in which to establish recovery. He then served as Education Coordinator for Prevent Child Abuse, Indiana, a statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in all its forms.
Following a career move into Information Technology, Paul joined Cummins in 2006 and became active in their LGBT employee resource group, helping improve and deliver an interactive training curriculum to help employees and managers foster an LGBT-inclusive workplace. He later became part of the Global Diversity function where his role included coordination of the Employee Gender Transition process, which also became the focus of his grad school capstone project. Now employed as a consultant in the Engineering software industry, Paul has a goal to help bring technical training and job skills to the gender diverse population. Paul has a BA in Psychology from Purdue and an MA in International Psychology from the Chicago School for Professional Psychology.